Throw away the key

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schools,” he said.

“So we’re team­ing up with some of the kids at Can­non­vale State School and then we’ve got some other youth life skills pro­grams that we want to run.”

Ten de­tainees have put their name on the dot­ted line so far, but there’s still a bit more room in the cell.

The event will be hosted at the Whitsunday Plaza.

To sign up con­tact Sgt Dickinson at the Whitsunday PCYC.

To do­nate visit ev­ery­day­hero.com.au/event/time4kids16. IT’S al­most time to lock up some lo­cal iden­ti­ties to give our youth a leg up in life.

The Whitsunday PCYC Time4Kids cam­paign has kicked off, with do­na­tions open on­line.

Branch man­ager Sgt John Dickinson ex­plained how the prison sen­tence will be ad­min­is­tered.

“It’s a fundrais­ing cam­paign where we set up a mock jail and peo­ple com­mit to rais­ing the funds for the PCYC,” he said.

“They’ve got to raise any­where be­tween $500 to $1000 to get out.

“You’re only be­hind bars for about 15-20mins, so the con­cept is we give the de­tainees, as we call them, lead in time to raise the bail amount.

“Then friends, fam­ily and ac­quain­tances can pay a few ex­tra dol­lars and keep them in for a bit longer.”

With last year’s funds go­ing to the pur­chase of new equip­ment, Sgt Dickinson said this time around it was all about youth pro­grams.

“This year the funds are go­ing to­wards some pro­grams that we want to do within the

BE­HIND BARS: Ralph Hill, Tas­man Des­mond, Ron Pet­ter­son, An­gela Woods and Me­gan Wil­liams un­der the guard of John Dickinson.

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